Month: March 2014

Study: Inhaled Cannabis Mitigates Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

Inhaling whole-plant cannabis provides symptomatic relief in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to observational trial data published in the March/April edition of the journal Clinical Neuropharmacology. Researchers reported that inhaled cannabis was associated with “significant improvement after treatment in tremor, rigidity, and bradykinsea (slowness of movement). There was also significant improvement of sleep and pain scores. No significant adverse effects of the drug were observed.”

Clarifying poll results

A lot of sources (in fact, from a quick search of Google, just about all of them) have been reporting a new ABC/Wall Street Journal poll and have been saying things like “Americans rank marijuana less dangerous than sugar.”

Yes, it’s probably true, and Americans may believe that, but that’s not really what the poll […]

Oh Really?

I saw a play in New York where two of the characters had Harriman Leavey Syndrome – a fictional illness where they would tend to make statements that were completely absurd, like some kind of long-form Tourettes. It made much of the play disjointed and nonsensical.

That’s how I felt reading this transcript of an […]

I’m back

Had a great week in New York, and the students had a fantastic time. Sorry for the lack of posts here. Some outstanding things I’ve learned by reading the comments here – you guys have been busy (although I did have to clean up a bit of a mess left around the couch).

A couple […]

NORML PAC Endorses Tommy Wells for Mayor of DC

This morning, NORML PAC announced its endorsement of Councilman Tommy Wells for mayor of Washington, DC. “Councilman Wells is a passionate crusader for the cause of marijuana law reform,” stated NORML PAC manager Erik Altieri, “Wells showed his skill and acumen for the issue when he championed the District’s marijuana decriminalization measure, which was overwhelmingly approved by the DC City Council just this month. The District of Columbia would greatly benefit from having his compassion, knowledge, and strong leadership in the mayor’s office. Under a Tommy Wells administration, DC will […]

New Hampshire House of Representatives Votes Overwhelmingly in Favor of Marijuana Decriminalization

Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 215 to 92 in favor of House Bill 1625. This legislation to significantly reduce marijuana penalties in New Hampshire. Under present law, possession of any amount of marijuana is a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year of incarceration and a maximum fine of $2,000. Passage of this act would eliminate criminal penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine of $100 — no arrest and no criminal record. It would lower […]

Poll: Americans View Pot As Less Harmful To Health Than Tobacco, Alcohol, Or Sugar

Americans believe that consuming cannabis poses less harm to health than does the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or sugar, according to the findings of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released today. Respondents were asked which of the four substances they believed to be “most harmful to a person’s overall health.” Most respondents said tobacco (49 percent), followed by alcohol (24 percent) and sugar (15 percent).

Maryland House Committee to Hear Decriminalization and Legalization Bills, Advocates to Rally in Support

Tomorrow, the Maryland House Judiciary Committee will be holding a public hearing to discuss House Bill 880 (legalization) and House Bill 879 (decriminalization) at 1:00pm in Annapolis. Maryland residents can click here to contact their legislators in favor of decriminalization and here to contact them in favor of legalization. It only takes a few minutes, so please take a moment of your time to let your voice be heard. Please also consider calling both House Judiciary Committee Chairman Delegate Vallario and Speaker of the House Delegate Busch to let them […]

Colorado: First Month Of Legal Marijuana Sales Yields $3.5 Million In Taxes And Fees

Retail sales of cannabis in the month of January yielded an estimated $3.5 million dollars in state tax revenues, according to financial data released online this week by the Colorado Department of Revenue. Customers spent an estimated $14 million on the purchase of marijuana and cannabis-infused goods at state-licensed facilities.

Odds and Ends

Still keeping extremely busy in New York, trying to keep up with 16 college students, but having a good time. So far, we’ve seen “All the Way,” “Pippin,” “Sleep No More,” “Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder,” and I’ve given walking tours of Midtown, Wall Street/World Trade/Battery Park, Chinatown, Little Italy, Central Park, High Line, […]